W-League at crossroads amid European exodus|The World Game
As Australia prepares to co-host the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup, the W-League is at threat of falling behind the world’s top ladies’s football leagues.
In their 2019-20 W-League report, the PFA said the domestic league might be relegated to the “3rd or 4th” choice for Australian female footballers, as Europe ends up being a progressively popular destination.
Australians have turned away from America’s NSWL in favour of Europe, with the report keeping in mind 93 per cent of the nation’s women gamers abroad are now based in Europe – compared to 39 per cent this time in 2015.
But while those who plied their sell the NWSL would previously finish 2 seasons per year – moving in between America and the W-League – this simply isn’t a choice in many European leagues.
It suggests the W-League likewise loses the majority of the Matildas who featured over the previous two seasons.
Previously this month, FFA chief executive James Johnson stated there was a chance to make the W-League one of the world’s top five leagues.
PFA co-chair Kate Gill stated the W-League required to decide whether it wished to be an advancement competitors or compete with the world’s finest and invest accordingly.
” With the emergence and attraction of European ‘powerhouse’ clubs and leagues, the W-League should consider its place within football’s environment to ensure the career path for Australian footballers is dignified and legitimate,” Gill stated.
” For instance, is the W-League a world-leading development path created to catapult our most skilled players into the global market?
” Or is there a chance for the W-League and NWSL to work collaboratively to provide a calendar year of football and a partnership that serves both our global and domestic video game?
” We must explore these options and guarantee whatever method we embrace, female football in Australia does not regress and the momentum of substantial gains constructed over the previous five years continues.”
England’s Super League is the most popular for Australians, with surveyed W-League players ranking the competitors their chosen league to play in, followed by the NWSL, other European competitions then the W-League.
Captain Sam Kerr (Chelsea), Caitlin Foord (Arsenal), Hayley Raso and Chloe Logarzo (Bristol City) were the first Matildas regulars to sign at English clubs.
More recently, Matildas vice-captain Steph Catley and first-choice goalkeeper Lydia Williams signed up with Foord at Arsenal while young weapon Ellie Carpenter signed with French powerhouse Olympique Lyonnais.
Protectors Alanna Kennedy, Laura Brock and Jenna McCormick and midfielders Emily van Egmond and Aivi Luik are likewise expected to move to Europe.